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Chipmakers add up their advances

At the Fall Processor Forum, chipmakers talk speed and arithmetic. NEC, meanwhile, readies a digital olive branch.

At the Fall Processor Forum in San Jose, Calif., processor potentates talk speed and arithmetic. NEC, meanwhile, readies a digital olive branch.

Chip builds bridge between Blu-ray, HD DVD

NEC chip that works with both standards could cut the cost of building a player that accomodates Blu-ray and HD DVD discs.
October 11, 2006

blog "We're not focused on gigahertz at all," says Dileep Bandarkar of the company's Digital Enterprise Group.
October 11, 2006

Sun, Fujitsu promise Sparc speed surge

The two chip designers tout performance improvements set to arrive in their new Sparc models.
October 10, 2006

Quad-core Opteron faster at virtualization, AMD says

"Barcelona" processor has features to share multiple operating systems more efficiently.
October 10, 2006

Advanced Micro Devices is set to ship the quad-core Opteron chip in mid-2007.
October 10, 2006

IBM's Power6 gets help with math, multimedia

Big Blue's server processor can natively handle base-10 arithmetic and supports AltiVec multimedia extensions.
October 10, 2006

previous coverage

blog He doubts rumors that Intel might buy the graphics chipmaker to counter AMD's purchase of ATI Technologies.
October 5, 2006

Processor, memory may marry in future computers

Intel researches how to wed memory chips and processor cores, yielding impressive gains in speed and efficiency.
September 28, 2006